Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bannon and Priebus

It seems obvious to me that what Trump has done is bring the Republican Civil War into the White House, where it has some chance of working itself out.  Uber Establishment, Uber Alt-Right, rubbing elbows regularly.

Here is the thing: Trump was able to appeal directly to the people in the face of establishment Republican opposition, but if he wants to get a fraction of his legislative agenda actually through Congress, he has to make nice.  He has to mend bridges, soothe egos, press the flesh.  Politicking will be needed before deal making can happen.  That this would be so has always been obvious.  Trumps main virtue is that he has the balls to walk away from bad deals.  That doesn't mean compromise will not be needed in many cases to get the deal done. That's how the world works.

Ponder the audacity of calling the first Constitutional Convention in I don't know how long.  Since the repeal of Prohibition?  Modern Presidents have simply arrogated to themselves rights not contained in the Constitution, so even though the existence of, say, the DEA ought likely to have required a Constitutional Amendment, it was simply done.

Even the repeal of Obamacare will require politicking.  That's just how it works.  And the truth is we likely won't get all we want.  But we will get our Supreme Court picks, the will to enforce our immigration laws, the likely repeal of Obamacare, avoiding a war with Russia over non-existent interests in Syria, and a regime not committed to the demise of our nation.

Give Trump time.

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